werewolf, werewolves and lycans

The Wolfman vs. Godzilla

Well, this is just silly. “10 Movie Monsters That Could Defeat Godzilla (And 10 That Don’t Stand a Chance)” But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun with it, being silly too. It also doesn’t mean that I won’t take issue with a few of the article’s silly pronouncements. First we will begin…

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A Visit With Krampus

For the second year I traveled to Nashville Tennessee to visit the “Nashville Nightmare” haunted attraction as it put on its two-day-only special Krampus-themed event, entitled this year “Chapter Two: Jack Frost.” (I like how they’re treating it like a movie or a book.) Just as was the case last year, I had a grand…

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Krampus Tiki and a TWIN PEAKS Ugly Christmas Sweater

I’ve said before to my friends and family that they ought to thank me, as I am the easiest human being on the planet to shop for. Collectors and geeks in general are supremely easy to buy gifts for, and a collector geek of multiple interests, such as me, is even easier again. If one…

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Retconning the Recitation

“Even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the moon is full and bright.” Everybody knows that old chestnut. It first appeared in the 17th Century in a treatise on witchcraft written by a clergyman named Wilhem Krauher. It has…

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Happy Anniversary, Wolfman!

This past week saw a momentous anniversary. We would be remiss not to acknowledge it, even if a tad tardily. On December 12, 1941, Universal Studios, which had firmly established itself as the studio synonymous with Horror with the successes of its DRACULA, MUMMY, and FRANKENSTEIN franchises, unleashed THE WOLFMAN upon the world. (At that…

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Judging A Book By Its Cover

You should never do it, but we do, all the time. We buy a book because it has a snazzy cover. We watch a movie because we dig the poster. The poster for THE HARROWING was one of the reasons why I watched it. You can read my review of the movie right here on…

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Movie Review: THE HARROWING

I get sent not a few screeners for movies from companies wanting reviews, and all too often I have to turn them down. Either I don’t have the time to watch the film in the time allotted or else the project doesn’t appeal to me. I chose to watch THE HARROWING because it looked and…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 29

Chaney found the house without much effort, matching up the faux-brass letters mounted just to the right and above the front door with the address from the phone book. Shiny peel-and-stick letters on the mailbox at the curb confirmed it. The street terminated in a wide circle before Hank Frye’s house, a two-level white house…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 28

Rebecca Brewster could smell the stench before she even got out of the car, before she climbed the front porch or opened the front door. Savannah in her carry-cradle began to cry. She could smell it, too. It made Rebecca’s eyes water and throat burn. She unlocked the door and let herself in. The stench…

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TV Review: MYTHICAL BEASTS: WEREWOLVES

This was the episode I’d been waiting on since I first learned that there was going to be a TV show entitled MYTHICAL BEASTS. If there was any one mythic monster the new Science Channel series would have to cover, de rigueur, it was the werewolf. Did the show live up to its hype for…

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National Geographic’s DEAD BY DAWN

Remember TRIALS OF LIFE, the series of videotapes you could order through the mail showcasing nature in its raw, unedited, and most horrific forms? I remember the commercials showing a pack of wolves munching on the carcass of a deer or moose or some such animal, and a killer whale swinging around some poor seal…

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STRANGER THINGS Season Three

“Suzie, Do You Copy?” “The Mall Rats” “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard” “The Sauna Test” “The Source” “The Birthday” “The Bite” “The Battle of Starcourt” These are the titles of the individual episodes of STRANGER THINGS comprising the much-anticipated (that’s an understatement) third season of the hit (that’s another understatement) series, due out sometime…

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The Island of the Devil

Gonna do my part to serve as a travel magazine with this one, recommending to you, those of you who are stupid enough–I mean brave enough–to go there, the Goubbet Al-Kharab, the “Island of the Devil.” First you’ll need to travel to Djibouti. (Hint: It’s in Africa, up in the northern part of the Horn….

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Cousins of Krampus

Just as Santa Claus takes on different forms, even different names, depending on the culture, so too does Krampus. Sometimes Krampus isn’t Krampus at all. The role of Santa’s sidekick, in charge of disciplining naughty children, falls to an alternate character with Krampus-like characteristics. Black Pete, or “Zwarte Piet” as he is called in the…

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Welcome Winter with THE THING

John Carpenter’s THE THING is the perfect wintertime movie. The snow, the ice, the feeling if isolation it imparts. Conversely, it is the perfect summertime movie as well. The snow, the ice, ideal for when you’re trying to stay cool by thinking cool. But as it is the former season we are soon to welcome–my…

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The Golden Globes Are Hollow

There were a few surprises when they released the list of nominees for the Golden Globe awards, which will air in January 2019. For the most part, though, it was business as usual, the same kind of tired business that makes awards shows to a large extent irrelevant. They couldn’t quite ignore BLACK PANTHER, though…

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TV Review: DEADLY LEGACY

For a True Crime junkie like me, it was common knowledge that John Wayne Gacy murdered 33 young men and buried their bodies in the crawlspace under his house. But even I didn’t know that the remains of eight of those victims had never been identified. Never, until now. The development of technology, the ability…

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Ed Wood’s THE HOWL OF THE WEREWOLF

As I sit typing these words, it is the fortieth anniversary of the passing of Ed Wood. In his later years, Ed had to resort to creating porno films to earn a living. He also wrote a great deal of erotica, among the latter this werewolf story. I offer my heartfelt appreciation to those fans…

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MYTHICAL BEASTS: Demons

Next week, the Science Channel series MYTHICAL BEASTS finally gets around to doing werewolves. I’m stoked. This week’s episode was cool, too, though, focusing as it did on demons and devils and, by extension, such things as trepanning (Medieval people boring holes into their skulls in order to let demons out), witches (Medieval people being…

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Celine Dion and the Devil

They say the Prince of Darkness can take many forms, and that he always appears to you in the form of something desirable and tempting, or at the least benign. I can’t really say that I find Celine Dion all that tempting, but she does qualify as benign (unless you want to argue that her…

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And MORE on the Devil

Ol’ hornhead is in the news a lot this week. First somebody revealed that Celine Dion is one of his secret acolytes. (Not so secret anymore, is she, hornhead!) Now I can report that his royal horniness has settled his lawsuit against Netflix and their show THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA after they used his…

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Krampusnacht

I did warn you all last week that the holiday season would bring with it lots and lots of Krampus coverage, you will remember. And so it does. The Krampus mania is underway. In a couple’a weeks I’m going to be visiting a Krampus-themed haunted attraction, good Lord willin’ and the Creek don’t rise. (The…

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THERIOPHOBIA: FEAR THE BEAST Part 27

Chaney left the police station and drove straight home. One of the policemen–Whitlow, he’d said was his name–had walked her to her car, trying to reassure her. The police were doing everything within their power to find Marley. Please go home and try to get some rest. She expected they rehearsed that bullshit. At least…

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New WEREWOLF: THE APOCALYPSE Video Game In Development

I don’t do gaming. I’ve mentioned that before. But when a new werewolf-themed game hits the shelves, or is announced to be hitting the shelves at some point in the foreseeable future, I feel the need to report on it. Think of it as a public service announcement. WEREWOLF: THE APOCALYPSE—EARTHBLOOD is a going to…

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New Species of Wolf Discovered

Did you ever hear that thing about Iceland and Greenland being named in reverse relative to each other? Like, Iceland sounds all frozen and frigid, nothing to see but ice and snow, and it’s really quite beautiful. Greenland, on the other hand, isn’t green. At all. They named it that to trick people into settling…

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